In January of this year, Johann Hari published an article that went viral: “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think.” The article put forth the idea that the “disease model” the addictions industry has embraced might not be the panacea its propped itself up to be. Citing some intriguing research, Hari presented the idea that “the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It’s human connection.” He states, “what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong – and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.” Apparently, a lot of people were ready to hear it, since as of this writing, well over 1 million Facebook readers have “liked” the article. That doesn’t include the multitudes promoting it through Twitter and other platforms.
"Do I have to have an open mind on this one?”
He’s one of the brightest, emotionally intelligent men I know. A force in the addictions field, a respected leading clinician, a long-time member of the recovery community with over 20 years clean & sober, and my friend. But when the conversation turned to the new messaging about recovery that’s sweeping the country, the gates of his mind slammed shut.